Valladolid, 19-21 September 2019

SELIM 31st International Conference: Welcome!

The Department of English Philology of the University of Valladolid is delighted to host the 31st International Conference of SELIM, the Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature, to be held in Valladolid, Spain, on 19-21 September 2019.

Some of the best papers presented at our memorable conference will appear collected in an edited volume which is under preparation. Stay tuned at @SELIMconf2019

Plenary Speakers

Prof Susan Irvine

University College London

Prof Richard Sharpe

University of Oxford

Prof María José López-Couso

U of Santiago de Compostela

Dr Anke Bernau

University of Manchester

Aim & Themes

This three-day international conference will bring together a selection of scholars and researchers who will engage in conversation around the disciplines fostered by SELIM, namely,

    • Old and Middle English language and literature,
    • the medieval history of the British Isles,
    • the transmission of their cultural legacy, and
    • the theories and methods to address them.

We also welcome students and individuals who care for historical linguistics, literary criticism, and history in general, and are familiar with the English language. Signup is also open for them.

Conference Sessions, Venues & Events


Conference sessions will take place at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Valladolid, from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 September, 2019.

Four plenary addresses will discuss eloquence in Old English dialogues, English books and libraries in later medieval England, the syntactic aspects of Middle English, and net-works in medieval literature and art.

Varied aspects of the linguistic and literary features pertaining to Old and Middle English texts, and their historical environment and transmission, will be explored in thematic panels of individual papers.

Both plenaries and panels will schedule time for audience discussion.

On the Saturday morning, the congress will be transferred to the Casas del Tratado in Tordesillas, the site where the Treaty of 1494 was negotiated and ratified. The Conference's closing will be thus held in the venue of the event which alledgedly marked the end of the Western European Middle Ages.



The Society will also sponsor a pre-conference calligraphy workshop of Introduction to Visigothic script, between 16-18 September 2019.



The Conference is offered in conjunction with the manuscript and rare book exhibition Yngalaterra, Escoçia, Yrlanda in the Historical Library of Santa Cruz, which will open in September 2019.



The purpose of the Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature (SELIM) is to promote the growth, development and coordination of studies and research relating to Old and Middle English language and literature, as well as every other aspect of the cultural heritage of the British Middle Ages.

The Society celebrates an annual conference and publishes a research periodical ever since its creation in 1988.


We look forward to welcoming you to Valladolid!

The Organising Committee of SELIM 31.


Header image: Caxton's Canterbury Tales, ca. 1483, fol. ciiij rJohn Rylands Library Special Collections 8694Copyright of The University of Manchester.
The needlecraft SELIM logo above has been created by Bulgarcita Pingos after the official SELIM logo.